Youth Programs

The UCSB Department of Recreation has provided quality youth programs to the Santa Barbara community for over 37 years and serve thousands of youth annually. We prioritize safety in all or our youth programming through well trained staff. All of our instructors and staff have American Red Cross certifications. Our summer programs are also offered at the lowest rate in town!

Campers can expect to have lots of fun! Our programming utilizes the UCSB Recreation Center which includes multiple pools, sport fields, basketball courts and more. Activities are also held throughout UCSB's campus in locations such as our Adventure Ropes Course, gymnastics area and the on-campus beach, Campus Point.

For questions contact or call (805) 893-3913

UCSB Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons

We offer swim lessons for children age three and up with all experience levels. Private and group lessons are available (age and level dependent).All lessons are taught by American Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instuctors. Click HERE for more information.
Summer 2018 Session Dates:
Session 1 - June 25 to July 6 (No lesson July 4)
Session 2 - July 9  to July 20
Session 3 - July 23 to August 3
Session 4 - August 6 to August 17

UCSB Summer Day Camp

Summer Day Camp

June 18 - August 17 (9 sessions)  |  Monday-Friday, 7:15am-5:30pm
Campers enjoy daily swimming at the Recreation Center, access to the UCSB gymnastics room as well as weekly visits to the Adventure Ropes Course. Activities vary from week to week and include arts and crafts, group games, movies and more. UCSB Summer Day Camp offers a variety of activities to engage children of all ages and interests. Jr. Counselor program is also available. Click HERE for more information and to register.
Cost: $165-195 per week
Ages: 5-14

UCSB Surf and Kayak Camp

Surf & Kayak Camp

June 18 - August 17 (9 sessions)  |  Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00pm

The Surf & Kayak Camp takes place at the beach on UCSB's campus (Campus Point) and includes surfing instruction, kayak instruction, beach activities and environmental education. This camp is designed to encourage marine interaction through recreation and education. This is a unique opportunity for kids to learn about, respect and enjoy the resources our coast provides. Click HERE for more information and to register.
Cost: $120-$145 per week ($185-$230 with Summer Day Camp included)
Ages: 9-15

UCSB Jr. Lifeguards

Jr. Lifeguards

Session 1: June 25-July 20  |  Session 2: July 23-August 17
Monday-Friday, 8:30am-12:30pm
Jr. Lifeguards provides children the opportunity to learn and train with professional lifeguards. More than a summer camp, Jr. Lifeguards participants will gain a wide variety of skills in topics including oceanography, first aid, CPR, water rescue techniques, mutual cooperation, competition techniques, and lifesaving methods. Our Instructors are a mix of local teachers and college students with many years of lifeguarding experience. Click HERE for more information and to register.
Cost: $365 per session or $585 for both
Age: 8-17

Thank You!
UCSB Summer Camps voted
'Best Summer Camp'
in the 2014 Independent Reader's Poll


Contact Information


(805) 893-3913
Mailing Address
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3025